Rhythm & Composition in Floral Design

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When you think of "Rhythm" you probably think about music, which is a wonderful way to think of flowers. The rhythm of an arrangement is similar to a song's characteristics. These characteristics translate into textures and composition that give each arrangement personality. Here are some helpful rules of rhythm in floral design that will help you arrange your bulk wedding flowers into professional looking designs.

Decide on a Theme

Having a theme for the flowers will help create a cohesive look that will promote a rhythm. Some theme ideas could be smooth and flowing, broken up and rustic, abstract/modern with spacing, or traditional and simple. The rhythm will be a natural extension of your theme.

Rustic Wildflower and Modern Edgy Theme

Simple traditional floral theme

Repeat a Pattern

When you repeat a pattern you are able to create a consistent flow of textures that allows the eye to see balance, creating a harmonious rhythm. You are probably asking how to repeat a pattern. Here's an example: Take all the different types of flowers you will use in an arrangement, create the center of the arrangement using each type of flower in quantities of 3-5. Continue to repeat the original pattern with small variations throughout the rest of the arrangement. Consistency and repetition are the tools for beautiful floral rhythm.

Connecting One Part to Another

Floral Arrangement with no transition or patternSometimes arrangements have different visual "sections", like a base area with taller elements, or a cascading bouquet. It is important to create smooth and rhythmic transition between these parts to make sure the rhythm flows between the two. You can do this by using similar colors, intermediate tints and shades, or similar floral textures. Keep in mind spacing, color, and texture when you make a transition between patterns or parts of the design. A good transition between parts will create interesting floral texture and clear focal points.

The right arrangement is broken up with no transition or pattern, creating an awkward looking arrangement with no rhythm. On the other hand, the left photo is a great example of perfect rhythm. There is a clear pattern of flowers, the branchy looking fiddlehead ferns are balanced on each side, the calla lilies, bear grass, and orchids are rotated throughout each part of the arrangement. It fits each rule of rhythm, it themes a natural fall arrangement, and creates interest and impact.

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